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Presidential Inauguration


Friday, October 28th – 10:30 AM

Southern Wesleyan University

Newton Hobson Chapel & Fine Arts Center

Central, South Carolina 29630





Schedule of Events

Thursday, October 27th – 2:00 PM

Faculty Symposiums and Student TED Talk

Friday, October 28th – 10:30 AM

Inauguration Ceremony of Dr. William D. Barker

Dignitaries Reception at 8:30am in Blue Hill Coffee & Tea. Please bring your regalia with you. At 9:45 am report to The Founders Dining Commons, (across the road from Blue Hill) to join Southern Wesleyan Faculty for the Inauguration line up.

Saturday, October 29th – 11:30 AM

SWU BBQ for Community, Faculty, Staff, and Students at the Founders



Courtyard by Marriott – Clemson

201 Canoy Lane, Clemson, South Carolina 29631
864-654-8833 or marriott.com

A block of rooms has been reserved. Mention SWU Inauguration when registering by phone.

More lodging options available at www.visitclemson.com



907 Wesleyan Drive, Central, SC 29630



With a commitment to Christ-centered leadership and a keen vision for the transformative power of Christian education, Dr. William D. Barker brings a wide-ranging combination of qualities to the presidency of Southern Wesleyan University. Dr. Barker places his faith at the forefront of each endeavor, from large-scale initiatives to time in Scripture with his wife and children. A distinguished scholar in biblical studies, he was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Middle Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Cambridge University, England, after earning a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts from Gordon College. Dr. Barker’s proven leadership abilities and his allegiance to Christ have been demonstrated in his time with the USAF Reserve, where he has served in multiple combat environments around the world. Extending his faith and leadership to the corporate sector with robust business expertise, Dr. Barker has spearheaded multiple successful enterprises. He is the devoted husband of Sara and the proud father of three children: Aidin (13), Catharine (9), and Isaiah (7), and soon another daughter whom they are adopting from India.

Barker Family